Unpacking and Redefining Changing Relationships in Teachers’ Work (RELA) -project 

1.9.2020-31.8.2024, Funded by Academy of Finland 

Teachers’ work is changing. Multi-professional cooperation and co-teaching now characterise teachers’ work. Teachers also work with increasingly heterogeneous groups of students, in schools with open architecture and with new educational technologies. The changing conditions demand challenging the existing knowledge of relationships in teachers’ work. The research project ‘Unpacking and Redefining Changing Relationships in Teachers’ Work’ (RELA) focuses on what changing working conditions mean for these relationships and how teachers make sense of them. Various narrative sources of data from teachers working in basic education will be obtained. The project will take place at the University of Oulu from 2020–2024, and will create new understanding about relationships in teachers’ work today. As well as advancing scientific understanding, the project will help equip teachers with the resources they need to better navigate the relational complexities in their work.